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Hey, boss, maybe it wasn’t such a hot idea to accept a friend add from one of your direct reports, but unfriending them could cause you bigger legal problems.
So advises Margaret M. DiBianca, a lawyer with Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, in Wilmington, Delaware.
DiBianca encountered a case where the employee alleged that her supervisor’s act of unfriending her was evidence of unlawful retaliation. She has this in mind when advising human resources departments about how to protect themselves from costly lawsuits, she explained in a telephone interview.